William Sterling "Lefty" Burns, 63, of Scranton, died early Wednesday at Regional Hospital of Scranton after a hard-fought battle against heart disease.
Born Oct. 23, 1950, in Baltimore, second-oldest of three children born to the late Walter and Sarah Lee Maxfield Burns. He was an avid car enthusiast and loved the "need for speed." He worked at C. Pane's Body Shop, where he learned many things about auto repair from his lifelong friends Carmen, Marc and Sal Pane.
He was a great athlete, considered by many of his peers to be one of the best softball players in the area. To his credit he played semi-pro football for the Tri-Boro Giants and the Northeast Stars, where he once set records in one season as a wide receiver.
He spent many midnight hours as a disc jockey in the late 1970s in the disco era and had a great passion for music, where he obtained his vast self-taught knowledge of sound systems and electronics. He was well versed in science, biology and anything he could learn from the National Geographic, Discovery or the Military channels.
He was the kind of man who made friends minutes after meeting them and was a generous and caring man. He will be sorely missed by those who knew him.
Surviving are a son; a brother, G. Oliver Burns, Scranton; many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Sarah Lucille Burns.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Bethel AME Church, 714-716 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, by the Rev. Tawan Edward Bailey, pastor.
Friends may call Tuesday from 9 until time of service at the church. Arrangements by the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc. Go to www.miller bean.com
for additional information or directions.